Naturalisation: A Passport for the Better Integration of Immigrants?


In 2008, citizenship take-up in the OECD area exceeded 2 million for the first time. With the large inflows of immigrants prior to the recent economic recession in 2008-2009 and the expected ageing-related labour shortages which are likely to enhance the demand for labour migrants, naturalisation requests are likely to increase in the future. The question of the links between the acquisition of the host-country nationality and immigrants’ integration into the economy and society is thus of key importance for EU and OECD countries.


The European Commission and the OECD jointly organised a seminar on Naturalisation and the Socio-Economic Integration of Immigrants and their Children under the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, on 14 and 15 October 2010 in Brussels. This seminar was the first time that the many different
dimensions of this topic were discussed in depth at an international forum bringing together policy makers, experts, observers from international organisations, and representatives of immigrant associations.


This publication reproduces the papers presented at this joint seminar. It takes stock of the current knowledge regarding the links between host-country nationality and the socio-economic integration of immigrants and their children, building on novel evidence on this issue. It also discusses the role of naturalisation as a tool in the overall framework for immigration and integration policy, with the aim of identifying good practices from the different experiences of EU and OECD countries.


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